Music Performance Competition

Music by Japanese composers and Songwriters is something that every musician should enjoy performing. You can too. The Best performance in vocal and instrumental will receive $200 and a performance at the festival.  The deadline for this year has passed.  See the winners perform on May 19!


Location: Gallery

Try your hand at writing a Haiku poem. “Haiku” is a traditional form of Japanese poetry. It consists of 3 lines. The first and last have 5 syllables and the middle line has 7. Click here for a Haiku contest flyer with details for students. The public may write a haiku on site at the Haiku table by the Gallery. Students should enter in advance through their teachers (see flyer.) Finalists will have their haiku displayed in the Gallery and will be invited to read their poems at the festival.


Location: Meeting rooms A, B & C on the 1st floor

Artists of all ages are invited to an anime drawing contest. You may draw an original piece or create fan art, but the drawing must be created at the festival to be considered.

Prizes will be awarded in the following divisions: Grades K-2, grades 3-5, grades 6-8, high school, and adult.


Paper and pencils will be provided or you may bring your own materials. We encourage everyone who enjoys anime to come join us and to share their interest in this art form. There will also be wonderful Japanese cultural activities all afternoon, including a cosplay contest—so wear your finest costume!

Click here for the 2018 ANIME Contest Winners


Location: Plaza

Cosplay, a contraction of “costume play”, is a performance art in which participants wear costumes to represent a specific character, often manga or anime, and interact to express their characters. To participate, wear your costume for the duration of the festival, sign up at the festival for the contest, and then take your turn onstage to express your character. Prizes will be awarded.


Online Cosplay Registration will end on May 15

•All entrants in the Cosplay Competition must be related to some facet of Japanese culture (manga, anime, historical, cultural, J-Pop/J-Rock, video games, etc.)

•Entrants will be judged on three criteria: costume, presentation and style. Costume is based on the quality of the costume and how well it matches the character being presented. Presentation is based on the quality of the stage presentation. Style is based on how well the entrant reproduces or recreates the character being presented.

•Past first place winners may not compete in subsequent caompetitions using the same winning costume.

•Group entries are limited to 6 people maximum: only one form is needed per group.

•Presentations are limited to 30 seconds.

•Presentations, including language and thematic content, must be limited to a PG rating.

•All decisions of the judges are final.

•Please do not leave anything on stage when you exit.


© 2019 Cherry Blossom Festival, Fort Wayne, Indiana

Photos By Gabe Delobbe

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